Above Lesser Redpoll (c) 2007 Chris Cox. (Taken at Waters' Edge).
This afternoon's birding took place in a cold northerly wind, quite different from the almost gale force winds last Tuesday & the more benign conditions of Thursday. There was no sign of the Stonechats or Yellowhammers which had been so confiding last week. Often during our birding trips there is one bird, which is clearly the "bird of the day," but the votes were spilt threeways between the c.30 Lesser Redpolls (Anthony), the Common Buzzard which drifted overhead (Terry), and the 2 Green Woodpeckers (Gwyneth & Rodney). Another highlight was a mixed flock of more than 50 Linnets, Goldfinches, Greenfinches & Chaffinches foraging in a field on the south side of the woodland alongside c.30 Fieldfare. Also present this afternoon were Jay (3+), Treecreeper (2), Marsh Tit (2), Siskin, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & of course most of the common garden birds.